At Independence World, we actively advocate on behalf of individuals with a disability that need more care. If a person has to constantly ask their friends, family or volunteers to assist them, it can break down relationships and those that are untrained can injure themselves, ultimately costing the tax payer more. A person may only need a only a few hours extra to stay healthy and happy, we help them get it. If they need 24 hour care, we have also helped people get that. Ask us for advice regarding the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
78 Spence Street (cnr McLeod Street)
The Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland is an independent statutory body established under the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (the Act). The head office is in Brisbane, and regional offices located in Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton.
We deliver frontline services to the Queensland community, including businesses, state and local government, the community sector and people throughout the state.
The Commission's services include:
resolving complaints received under the Act;
delivering training to business, government and the community; and
promoting public discussion on human rights.
Garbutt, Qld 4814
Think Mobility sells online and in store, rents and maintains lifestyle and mobility aids to the general public as well as to patients funded by Federal, State and National funded schemes, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs and Transition Care (Federal Government), the Medical Aid Subsidy Scheme (MASS), Palliative Care (Queensland State Government), National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS/NDIA) and National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS). We also serve other businesses including hospitals, aged care facilities and medical professionals. Think Mobility regularly assists families and carers as well as liaises with allied and medical health professionals.
Suite 18, 600 Bruce Highway
Woree, 4868, Australia
Cairns Occupational Therapy provides Occupational Therapy services on a fee for service basis. Established 18 years ago by a Cairns local we aim to provide functional rehabilitation to increase safety and independence at home and work. We have four OTs to meet your needs.
We have expertise in Hand, wrist and arm therapy - including splinting
Scar, swelling and lymphoedema management - including prescription of compression garments
Home / work modifications and assistive equipment prescription and training
Pain management therapy - especially for neuropathic pain and chronic pain
Rehab following brain injury
Work rehabilitation services
Apprenticeship Network Provider, Group Training, Indigenous Apprentice and Trainee Network, Recruitment and Management Services
The Disability Services Officer assists students with a disability to achieve their training and education goals. The Disability Services Officer can:
* Provide information on course content * Help you identify support needs * Negotiate with teachers about your program * Provide adaptive equipment * Discuss reasonable adjustments for long and short term disabilities * Assist you to contact other service providers
Who can access Disability Services? Contact TAFE Queensland North's Disability Officer if you think your studies may be affected in some way by a disability or chronic medical condition such as:
* Hearing impairment * Vision impairment * Mobility (wheelchair user, chronic pain, amputee, back injury, severe arthritis) * Psychiatric disability Medical conditions (asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions) * Intellectual disability * Learning disability
Mt. Gravatt QLD 4122
Mamre's program Pave the Way has been working with families and people with a disability since 1982 to vision and plan for the future. With the advent of the NDIS we will continue to help families to vision and plan for the the future and also will be continuing our work with individuals in the area of capacity building.
Pave the Way is also state funded to inform and prepare far north Queensland potential participants about the NDIS.
ILSA is a not for profit Association which has been providing support services since 1997 to the frail aged & people with physical & psychosocial disabilities.
Our service is run by people with disabilities who want to have a real say in the way their support is provided. We are client focused where choices are never limited by disability. We create programs & services which support the life choices of our clients. We provide people with services & programs that promote flexible, independent living support that is sensitive to their individual needs, including-personal care, household tasks, mobility, personal admin, maintaining aids & equipment, social, recreational & educational activities.
Worklink Employment Support Group Inc. (Worklink) is a diverse organisation that provides employment assistance, rehabilitation and training.
Worklink is a non-profit organisation, funded by the Australian Government, and administered by a voluntary board. Founded in 1996 with a staff of two, Worklink has now grown to over 60 employees, reflecting the ever increasing need for our services in Cairns.
Worklink’s head office is in Cairns and covers the entire Cairns region; south to Cardwell, north to Mossman, west to Atherton and east to Yarrabah.
Bungalow, Qld 4870, Australia
Lifestyle Connections Association Incorporated is a family governed not for profit organisation. We assist people with a disability in the Cairns Area to plan what support they need to live an ordinary life within their community. We employ support people to assist individuals on a one to one basis to participate in their chosen recreation, leisure and lifestyle activities in generic community settings.
We are Independent, Dedicated, Efficient and Always Listening to YOU. And that makes us your IDEAL plan manager.
You have maximum flexibility with how you want to spend your NDIS budgets. You can use any provider or therapist for stated supports in your plan, even if they are not registered with the NDIS. You can even hire your own workers.
How Plan Management Works
1. You access services and your providers send us your invoices.
2. We claim from the NDIS and pay the providers on your behalf.
3. If you are required to pay for anything upfront, simply provide us with the receipts and we will reimburse you directly.
4. We send you monthly statements to help you track your plan spending.
Natalie Thompson, NDIS approved Accredited Practising Dietitian, has worked extensively in the community and in residential aged care with a non-government organisation and in private practice servicing the older adult and disabled populations and with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
I have a strong interest in client-centred non-diet approach, health coaching and motivational interviewing to assist with weight and body image concerns.
I can also help with preventing, treating and improving chronic diseases/health conditions with individualised evidenced-based medical nutrition therapy:
Such as heart disease, diabetes, bowel issues, degenerative diseases, cancer, malnutrition, aged care, egg and cow’s milk protein allergies.
Vision – People with disabilities are welcomed, valued, accepted and have a genuine sense of belonging within their community. People with disabilities have the same rights as other community members in regards to everyday life experiences, opportunities and responsibilities.
TCL is a not for profit organisation in Atherton, North Queensland. TCL provides support on an individual basis and in group settings for people with disabilities and/or mental illness to have opportunities that increase their connection and sense of belonging within their community in the tablelands region. This includes all types of community options that compliment a holistic lifestyle. The support is negotiated between the person with the disability and/or advocate and the service.
Support Workers direct their efforts towards increasing the independence of the person with the ultimate aim of complete community interconnection wherever possible.
We are opening 'The Grove' very soon - a dedicated space to host activities and experiences that will increase opportunities for positive community inclusion.
TCL is a registered NDIS provider.
We are currently registered to provide the following support:
Assistance with personal activities and personal care
Assistance with daily life tasks in your own home, a group or shared living arrangement
Participation in community, social and civic activities
Managing life stages, transitions and supports
Development of daily living and life skills
Assistance with travel/transport arrangements
Assistance with household tasks
Getting Ready for NDIS? We can help you.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will roll out in Far North Queensland in July 2018.
NDIS is a new way of providing disability support and will give people more choice and control. FlexiChoice is helping people understand and get ready for NDIS.
Because we are all unique with different circumstances and different objectives in mind, we require a personal plan which reflects our individual needs.
Its time to think about your future, your personal goals and what support you require to achieve these. What's going to work best for you?
FlexiChoice can assist you to prepare for your NDIS assessment by identifying your needs, goals and what’s going to be important for you in the future.
Call 4092 2332 to organise a chat to ensure the best outcomes for your future under NDIS.
Autism Queensland offers a range of early intervention services for children under the age of seven diagnosed with an ASD including centre-based group programs, outreach services, family support and small group short-term programs. Members of our transdisciplinary EarlyAQtion team deliver these services to young children and their families living in Cairns, Atherton, Innisfail, Weipa and surrounding areas. This team includes teachers, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, psychologist and teacher aides.
Townsville including Northern Beaches
The Atherton Tablelands
At EHTS, we work with adolescents and adults who may be experiencing barriers or significant changes to their life roles and occupations as a result of injury or disability. We understand that being independent and having quality of life is paramount to our clients.
Our team of therapists are dedicated to providing services that make a real difference. With over 35 years of combined experience, we deliver therapy with exceptional knowledge and skill that enables us to provide innovative solutions, to maximise the potential of our clients.
Portsmith QLD 4870
Endeavour Foundation is a not-for-profit charity headquartered in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is one of the largest disability service providers in Australia, employing over 1800 staff and supported by 1200 volunteers.
The organisation was established in Queensland in 1951 to support children with an intellectual disability. Endeavour Foundation now supports over 4,000 people with a disability across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria to live active and fulfilling lives at home, to find employment compatible with their abilities and to engage more broadly within the community.
Endeavour Foundation continues to advocate, innovate and push the boundaries for its customers, encouraging them to live their lives to the full and working closely with them to help make their possibilities a reality.
William McCormack Place
RentConnect helps Queenslanders to find, secure and sustain a home to rent in the private market.
RentConnect helps people who are able to manage a tenancy but who are struggling to access the private rental market due to non-financial barriers, such as:
- limited rental history
- a lack of skills, knowledge or understanding of how the private rental market works
- a lack of documents required for private rental applications.
Specialist RentConnect officers work together with clients to identify what type of assistance they may need. RentConnect officers can:
- advise on how to find a suitable rental home
- show how the rental application process works
- help prepare a rental application
The National Disability Coordination Officer program works toward the Australia-wide coordination and delivery of support services for people with disabilities that are, or will be attending, university, TAFE or other training organisations.
National Disability Coordination Officers will work to build links between the education, training and employment sectors, so that people with a disability have assistance at all levels.
The NDCO program aims to:
Improve transitions for people with a disability from their school or community into post-school education, training and subsequent employment
Increase participation by people with a disability in higher education, vocational education and training and employment
Establish better links between schools, universities, TAFE colleges, training providers, employment services, employers and disability service providers so that they can work together to provide the best possible assistance for people with a disability.
Your North QLD NDCO is: David Swayn - 0488794483
Fix It Counselling is a no nonsense service for people who want to fix an issue and get life sorted. It's a service where there's no judgments, no long-winded professional dialogues with fancy words, no lying on a couch, no incense or chimes, no sand play or any other warm and fuzzy stuff. At Fix It Counselling we like to cut to the chase, to call a spade a spade and to get in and sort out what's going on. We're a solutions focused, task orientated counselling service for people who are ready to fix what's going on.
Cairns Parents Advocacy for the Arrowsmith Program are a group of parents working toward this program opening in Cairns. We would like the program to be available to school children, young adults and anyone wishing to improve their cognitive weaknesses.
The goal of the Arrowsmith Program is to help participants strengthen the weak cognitive capacities underlying their learning dysfunctions and to enable them to become effective, confident and self-directed learners for life.
It is a Cognitive Therapy Program that does not teach content, but changes the participant’s capacity to learn so that they can understand, absorb, retain, process and use the content. This lays the foundation for learning by strengthening critical cognitive functions necessary for meaningful participation in society. It enables those participating to experience life with strengthened cognitive function and to succeed where before they struggled and often failed.
The program is open for use within a school curriculum or as a stand alone course for those beyond those early years.
Creating sustainable self-regulation tools for children with ASD, ADHD, tourettes, behavioural issues and so much more, through the magic of circus play, yoga and dance.
My Future: My Life is a ground-breaking initiative that encourages and supports Queensland secondary students with a disability to prepare and plan for life after school.
Since it commenced in 2012 My Future: My Life has continued to develop and now offers a range of options that encourage Queensland secondary school students with a disability (and those that support them) to focus on what they can do, what they want to do and to imagine and pursue a full, rich and inclusive young adult life after school.
Funded by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services the My Future: My Life initiative operates in collaboration with the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) and in partnership with Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) and the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC).
Learn More on our website.
88 Abbott Street, Cairns
Rights in Action is a non-profit, community based organisation that provides strong independent advocacy for people with disabilities who are in vulnerable situations.
We are completely on the side of the person with a disability and will support them where needed.
Rights in Action strongly supports people where we believe an individual has been taken advantage of or their rights have been infringed upon because of their disability.
Rights in Action provides advocacy assistance to people with disabilities who live in Cairns, Yarrabah, Mareeba and Atherton.
Cairns Queensland 4870
enVizion Group is a training provider, specialising in the delivery of Pre-employment, Life skills, Mentor training and engagement and a deliverer of RTO certified relevant courses and customised in-house or on-site training programs.
enVizion Group are committed to fulfil a need for better access to education and employment with a focus on the organisation’s return on investment (ROI) from their training dollar.
enVizion Group’s focus is to meet and exceed client requirements and to be at the forefront of what is on offer locally and nationally. Our clients can feel confident that they are being provided with leading solutions to meet their requirements now and into the future through enVizion Group’s commitment and experience.
enVizion’s programs and strategies break the generational unemployment cycle that face our community today. We believe that employability is the key to empowering our people to eliminate disparity and have longer, healthier lives.
Gordonvale Qld 4865
DriveAbility offers driving assessments for people with disabilities, either new drivers wanting to explore whether they can drive or not or drivers who's licence has been suspended for medical reasons. Howards Driving school now has a modified vehicle (the only modified vehicle north of Townsville) so together we can assess clients with cognitive and now physical disabilities.
NDIS has funding codes for Driving Assessments, driving lessons and vehicle modifications.
If you are studying with a documented disability, injury, illness, short or long-term health condition, including learning disabilities and mental health conditions, you can register with us.
AccessAbility Services is a free and confidential support service for all registered JCU students, whether studying on or off campus, who identify as having a short or long term disability, injury, ilness or health condition.
We provide information and practical advice about the support available at JCU and ensure access to appropriate adjustments and services:
Explore the ways you can work to your full potential while at university
Access assistive equipment, technology and software, adjusted exam conditions, mobility aids and other potential solutions that suit your needs
Trial assistive options and adjustments that you might not be able to access otherwise
Develop work-placement strategies to prepare you for professional life
Build on your own resilience and resourcefulness
We have strong connections with academic, professional and support staff at JCU and within the wider community.
PO Box 942N North Cairns QLD 4870
ARC Disability Services Inc. is a community based organisation with a long history in the Cairns and Far North, supporting children and adults who have a disability their families and support networks. Established in 1976 by a group of parents with a vision for their children, we pride ourselves on being person focused, friendly, flexible and fun!
Our Vision is that people who have a disability are empowered to reach their full potential, dreams, and aspirations, enabling them to enjoy a fulfilling life of their choosing as valued members of the community.
We work collaboratively with our service users, their support networks, and the community, to facilitate a range of options and opportunities which promote active participation for all.
Inspire Early Intervention is an holistic early childhood early intervention and family wellbeing clinic in Kewarra Beach.
Lorna McInnes offers a range of services at the clinic , including Holistic Wellbeing and Counselling, Early Childhood Early Intervention plans, programs, strategies and support for children age 0-6 with a developmental delay or disability and their families/carers. Lorna is a registered NDIS provider of ECEI and Therapeutic Supports, and specialises in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
NORTH CAIRNS QLD 4870
PO Box 452
NORTH CAIRNS QLD 4870
Spinal Life Australia is a leading provider of advocacy, therapy and supports for people with spinal cord damage and related physical disabilities.
With more than 55 years of experience, the organisation works in partnership with clients to assist them to achieve their goals and live independently.
The organisation also offers a range of member services including regional networks to meet like-minded people and share information and experiences, as well as advocate for change on a local, state and national level.
Skill360 Australia Apprenticeship Services is an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider contracted by the Australian Government to provide free advice and assistance to businesses and individuals about apprenticeships and traineeships.
As well as providing information on apprenticeships and how they work, we can help with all the legal paperwork and administration of incentive payments to employers and personal benefits to apprentices.
Disability Matters has been working actively in the Tablelands community to provide help and understanding with quality disability support care since 1990. Formed in response to community need, the organisation was originally known as Tableland Respite Care Association. The name was changed in May 2016 to better communicate what the organisation is all about: Disability Matters to us.
Disability Matters offers disability support services to the Tablelands region and also an extended catchment area from Cardwell to Cape York.
STEPS Employment Solutions is a specialist recruitment service, providing businesses with a solution to their staffing needs while providing job search and employment support to people with a disability, or those recovering from illness or injury.
STEPS Employment Solutions strives to make a positive impact in the lives of the people we work with by providing career pathways and engaging closely with employers who provide jobs and training.
STEPS Employment Solutions is a part of STEPS Group Australia, a for-purpose organisation that has been supporting customers and communities throughout Australia since 1989.
We are passionate about making a difference by providing individuals and communities with the opportunity to shine.
We create positive change by providing education, training, employment and community services that empower and teach people the right skills to achieve their goals and build a brighter future.
Strategic partnerships play a key role in the services we deliver and we work hard in regions across Australia to create mutually beneficial relationships with industry, local employers, government and the community. Over the years these partnerships have seen us create innovative solutions for communities and pathways to independence for thousands of our customers.
Being able to create your future your way.
breakthru is a national not-for-profit organisation committed to empowering people to create their own futures. Through the provision of high-quality person-centric programs, we enable thousands of people every year to address mental health, employment, disability, homelessness, and training needs.
breakthru operates on the premise that everyone’s needs, preferences, and aspirations are different. Our commitment to client choice and family inclusion is well demonstrated through our individualised services and person-centered principles.
With over 20 years of demonstrated service to the community, breakthru supports both people who have transitioned to the NDIS and those who are awaiting transition in their area. As a nationally registered NDIS provider, breakthru can support you to access a range of supports, including NDIS.
In addition, we also recognise that sometimes to get the best job, you need to upskill yourself through additional learning or training, as a registered Training Organisation our team at breakthru can also deliver exceptional training across the East Coast of Australia.
We are proud to claim the title of social visionaries and we are committed to opportunity and advancement for all Australians and all our work underpins this ethos.
Assistive technology and mobility equipment provider.
A local family governed organisation that specialises in individualised support to assist people with a disability to have choice and control in their life.
Real Living Options Association Inc. works collaboratively with people with a disability and their families/support networks to provide assistant on a one to one basis on the following ways;
- To live in their own home or in the family home
- To have and/or maintain independence
- To participate in community
- To enjoy social and recreational activities
Physiohealth provides a comprehensive and effective physiotherapy service for people of all ages and conditions. Our "hands-on" personal approach is complemented by our large well-equipped gym area.
Physiohealth also has been offering hydrotherapy sessions for over 15 years achieving great results.
Hydrotherapy helps to decrease pain, increase range of movement and flexibility as well as develop muscle strength and is suitable for musculoskeletal, neurological and paediatric clients.
We combine our passion for quality service and training to give you the best opportunities possible. At STEPS, we’re committed to helping individuals develop new work skills and knowledge to gain better employment outcomes.
BUNGALOW QLD 4870
Cootharinga is a Not for Profit and iconic charitable community organisation which plays a major role in North Queensland communities by supporting people who live with disabilities.
Apprenticeship Support Australia is an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider contracted by the Australian Government to provide free advice and assistance to businesses and individuals about apprenticeships and traineeships.
We assist with the government registration documents, administration of incentive payments as well assisting organisations with all support needs including recruitment support and providing ongoing mentoring and pastoral care after signup.
Our business looks to provide a holistic approach to apprenticeships and traineeships needs.
Deaf Services Queensland is the prominent service provider for Deaf and hard of hearing community members across all ages in Queensland with a focus on community and empowerment.
APM is the largest private DSS contracted provider of Disability Employment Services. Services are delivered nationally from more than 300 locations.
For over 25 years EPIC Assist has been making a positive difference to the lives of people who are disadvantaged or marginalised. We are passionate about workplace diversity, creating disability confidence, removing barriers and assisting jobseekers and employers. EPIC Assist’s services include disability employment, training and education, business services and preparation for the NDIS.
In 2014 CQUniversity merged with CQ TAFE, bringing together more than 175 years combined experience in the delivery of education and training, and establishing Queensland's first dual sector, comprehensive university. The University delivers more than 300 education and training offerings, from short courses and certificates, through to undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees. CQUniversity delivers both on-campus and distance courses, with almost half of the student population studying off-campus, many of whom are based in rural and remote areas. The University defines itself by who it embraces rather than who it excludes, and is recognised as Australia's most inclusive University.
Gail’s passionate interest in working in the area of communication & swallowing disorders developed after working as Speech and Language Pathologist with many different clientele in various parts of the world. Following her graduation from La Trobe University in Melbourne she worked in the areas of early intervention, adult neurology and learning difficulties of all ages. Her clinical work also took her on many exciting learning travelling experiences in the UK, Canada, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane.
Gail now thoroughly enjoys directing & consulting with the Specialised Speech Services team and Vocal Boot Camps with a variety of Health Professionals and Corporate Business personnel with similar philosophies ; to promote client’s communication, swallowing & vocal skills and to see positive outcomes when applied to their everyday lives.
WE HAVE SPECIAL INTERESTS IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS WHICH MAY ASSIST YOU:
COMMUNICATION & SWALLOWING
We specialise in many areas to improve your communication and swallowing skills using preventative techniques to minimise the risk of developing issues eg. fluency therapy techniques if you would like to manage your speech dysfluency better or rehabilitation & compensation techniques to help you eat & drink safely with enjoyment.
Statistics show that professional voice users maybe like yourself are in the 60% range of developing a vocal issue & that prevention is simple!
preventative techniques to minimise the risk of developing issues with your voice eg. nodules on your vocal cords
increase your ability to project your voice over a noisy audience
if you would like to improve the quality, pitch and tone of your voice
business communication coaching by facilitating your awareness of & ways to improve your communication skills including effective use of your voice during your promotional, marketing, sales and public speaking events.
ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY (ABI)
re-training your communication and swallowing skills if you have an acquired brain injury
working with you to improve your communication, voice & swallowing challenges influenced by your mental health
reducing your accent which interferes with people understanding your verbal speech production eg. when English is your Second Language (ESL)
Shop 3a Domain Central (next to Spec Savers)
103 Duckworth St
Townsville QLD 4814
LifeTec is a social enterprise that provides dedicated assistive technology (AT) services. Our aim is to enable people of all ages and abilities to actively engage in home, work, school and community life. Established in 1981, LifeTec has a team of health professionals including occupational therapists, speech pathologists and physiotherapists who have a passion for AT. LifeTec works closely with individuals, families, carers and their support organisations along a simple evidence informed AT pathway Imagine Seek Choose Live to find the most appropriate solutions based on your needs and aspirations